I read The House Guests as a buddy read with one of my book club friends and it was an enjoyable listen for me. I’ve only read one other of Emilie Richards books but I’ll definitely read more. They feel like comfort reads to me and we can all use one of those once in a while.
Cassie is a stepmom to Savannah. Both are struggling with the recent death of husband and father and it isn’t made any easier by the rocky relationship the two seem to be in. Adding to that is Savannah blaming Cassie for her dad’s death. Needless to say an unhappy teenager sometimes gets into trouble and Savannah does something that leaves single mom Amber and her teenage son Will homeless. Cassie not knowing how else to fix things invites the two to move in with her and Savannah. Lucky for all they seem to get on together and begin to form real relationships. As time goes on Cassie is not only troubled by issues that are coming up with her husband’s death and their finances but also with whatever secrets Amber is hiding. And oh yes, Amber has secrets; a lifetime of them and sooner or later she fears they may catch up to her.
This was a good story. I loved the references to Greek culture and food and the huge sense of family and responsibility. I liked the characters as well despite their flaws. It was an easy story to listen to and escape into. The audiobook is narrated by Vanessa Johansson who I’ve listened to many times. She has a nice voice to listen to and she was the perfect choice for a story about these two women. For those that like women’s fiction The House Guests is a good one to add to your reading list!